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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Brett Anderson, LHP
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    Brett Anderson, last 3 starts
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Anderson had an abbreviated outing against the Brewers in his last start in which he gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings. He also was hit on the right hamstring by a liner, but said it didn't affect him. In his previous start, he had a groin injury.

Chad Kuhl, RHP
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    Chad Kuhl, last 3 starts
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    Chad Kuhl, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Kuhl pitched well, but he wasn’t rewarded for it Tuesday, holding the Cardinals to two runs on three hits and a walk over six innings while striking out three. After a rocky debut, Kuhl has put together back-to-back quality starts.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Chris Archer, RHP
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    Chris Archer, last 3 starts
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    Chris Archer, last 5 years vs. BAL
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Archer has totaled 10 2/3 innings pitched over his last two starts, compared to 14 2/3 innings pitched in his first two starts. Archer has received 21 runs of support, and has not allowed a home run this season.

Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP
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    Ubaldo Jimenez, last 5 years vs. TB
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Jimenez turned in a badly needed quality start, his first of the year, on Wednesday against the Reds. Jimenez tossed 7 2/3 scoreless in a dazzling effort.

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Cincinnati Reds @ Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Amir Garrett, LHP
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Garrett struck out 12 batters over seven innings but took a 2-0 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday. The rookie lefty has three fully-formed pitches, but his changeup has made the most progress, and it’s one he’s used exclusively vs. righty hitters.

Matt Garza, RHP
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Garza is coming off the disabled list to make this start after missing the start of the season with a right groin strain. He pitched in a pair of Minor League games to tune up and should not be on any limited pitch count.

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Minnesota Twins @ Texas Rangers

, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Phil Hughes, RHP
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Hughes is coming off a rough outing, as he lasted 3 1/3 innings against the Indians on Tuesday. He gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits, including a homer.

Martin Perez, LHP
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Perez allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings in a start against the Athletics in Oakland on Wednesday. He is better at home, going 12-5 with a 3.36 ERA in his past 26 starts in Arlington. He has not faced Minnesota since 2012.

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Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox

, Guaranteed Rate Field
Jason Vargas, LHP
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Vargas has been the most effective starter in a strong rotation, winning each of his first three starts while posting an 0.44 ERA and allowing only one run in 20 2/3 innings. Vargas has thrown 14 2/3 scoreless innings over his past two outings.

Miguel Gonzalez, RHP
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Gonzalez threw a masterpiece at Yankee Stadium in his last start, with 1 ER over 8 1/3 IP on 88 pitches. The right-hander allowed four hits but none of them left the infield. He has a 7-4 record with a 4.35 ERA over 18 March/April career starts.

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Washington Nationals @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Jacob Turner, RHP
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Turner steps in to fill in for Stephen Strasburg, who will go on the paternity list. Turner was a non-roster invite to during Spring Training, but he remained in the organization to help provide pitching depth for starts like these.

Tyler Anderson, LHP
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Batters are hitting Anderson harder this year -- up to an 86.2 mph average exit velocity against, up from his MLB-best 83.9 mph last year. He's given up five homers and his ERA has more than doubled to 7.32.

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San Diego Padres @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
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He’s only made four starts, but thus far Chacin has posted drastic home/road splits. He has yet to allow a run in two starts at Petco Park, but he’s given up 13 in 8 1/3 road innings. Chacin, a former D-back, owns a career 2.83 ERA at Chase Field.

Zack Greinke, RHP
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Greinke takes the hill for his fifth start of the season after twirling an eight-inning complete game in his previous outing against San Diego. He’ll look to get revenge on the Padres after his one-run gem resulted in a tough-luck loss.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Francisco Liriano, LHP
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Liriano has looked very strong in the two starts since his ugly first outing. The left-hander held Boston scoreless for 5 1/3 innings on April 19 and issued just one walk as he established himself early in counts and mixed velocities.

Jesse Chavez, RHP
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Chavez's outing was pushed back a day when he was needed for an inning of relief in Friday's 13-inning contest. In his last start, the right-hander held Houston to two runs (one earned) over seven innings.

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Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP
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He’s coming off two years on the shelf and showing the rust, possessing a 5.87 ERA and six homers allowed in 15 1/3 innings. He’s 4-2 in his career at AT&T Park.

Matt Cain, RHP
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Just when many observers believed Cain was finished as an effective starter, he registered back-to-back strong outings, surrendering two runs and nine hits in 12 innings.

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